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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 661
Hads: 1,690
Avg: 2.87
pDev: 34.84%
Wants: 17
Gots: 198 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: unclejimbay on 08-16-2001

Michelob AmberBock is brewed using 100% malt including dark-roasted black and caramel malts and all-imported hops.
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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/2/14. Has this on draught before as well. Been a few years since I had one though. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a vintage Michelob glass goblet.

Pours a deep brown in color with some ruby highlights. A very thin beige head was seen with actually no lacing to speak of. The aroma is very light and of roasted malts with some chocolate. The taste is more stronger than the aroma which is a good thing was it is very smooth to drink. Perfect carbonation and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste is noted.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dark brown body with ruby hues. Cream colored head that disappears to nothing, no lacing.

Aroma: A whole lot of nothing, and faint traces of chocolate and malts.

Taste: A sweet body without a lot to it. Faint toasted bread, toffee. Metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Metallic, carbonated.

Overall: Not a lot of flavor going on here, probably ok from the bottle when not under scrutiny.

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Photo of NickPiezzo
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A- dark amber looks nice AF

S-not sure if its because i have a stuffy nose but not much of a smell

T-nice taste easy to drink and strong flavor

M- a little bitter leaves your mouth quick

O-a nice dark lager wouldnt buy again but only because I would rather try other beers but still enjoyable

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.72/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It pours reddish-brown, overwhelming that dissipates rapidly, some lacings, and decent carbonation. it has sweet malty taste, little aroma, with hints of roasted grains. There is no bite or edge, goes done easy , and is not filling. Above average come pared to the lesser Anheuser products.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

One of the seemingly permanent taps at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

I had this after having three drinks previous, and even then, I didn't care much for this beer. I will be honest, being an Anheuser-Busch product, it's not that bad at all... it's a fair beer. It's the epitome of an "okay" brew -- average in every sense. Pours like your typical amber bock would. Smells and tastes like a run-in-the-mill amber bock does. The feel is a slight step up, but not much. The feel just makes this beer a bit more drinkable, as there's a thin texture with reasonably high carbonation.

Cheap grains. Quite sweet. Fair amount of flavor, but no depth. Hops seem to barely be there, if at all. There's not much to say about Michelob AmberBock other than the fact that it's a nice option for the price it is. It's about the same price as a Bud Light, but actually has a bit of flavor.

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Photo of vg_beat
2.22/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I made this profile just to review how awful this beer is. Basically take a watered-down light beer and throw in some food coloring and this is what you'd get. Head immediately goes away (unlike the thick head in the photo on the case), and description on the bottle is so far off reality I think they probably plagiarized it from some actual beer. Truly a beer for men who want to look like men, but wish they were drinking a Zima instead.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-amber color with a small white head that was gone soon after the pour
S-roasted aroma yet some sweetness
T-Roasted malt taste with a light bitterness in the aftertaste that gets sweeter as you drink more
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-Solid beer with nice taste that gives you more.

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Photo of Hops303
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured out an amber goldish color. Decent head. Didnt stick around too long though.

Smell: Not too much at all here. Mildly sweet and grainy. Hint of alcohol. Thats really all I could pick up. No sense of hops in the smell what so ever.

Taste: It was good. Sweet and easy to drink. Very mild flavor with a touch of caramel and almost a bit of bitterness but not in a hoppy way. More like a burnt chocolate manner. Very easy to drink though and would be easy to put a couple back.

Mouthfeel: Very light and thin.

Overall: I enjoy it, not as anything special, but when I want a cheap non flavorful beer, I would pick this anyday over pretty much anything else ab mass produces.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours out a very brilliant copper color, very clear. Good two finger head that is short lived.

S - Very slight sweet aroma that somewhat intensifies as the beer warms a bit.

T - Very light but hints of caramel and sugars, absolutely no hops noted as any used were completely dominated by the sweetness.

M - Like drinking beer flavored water. Very thin to say the least.

O - A nice appearance, but overall just a non-descript American Lager with coloring added.

I bought this beer to use as a reference color for my homebrews and while it is certainly drinkable, there is just no compelling reason to consume it regularly, especially considering that it is hardly a bargain.

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Photo of justme62
4/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like it!! :) had a good buzz going at 30oz. :). (and i weigh in at 240 pounds.) i'll have another one!
i am a novice drinker even though i am in my 60's and never really cared for beer. this one drinks nicely and was enjoyable to drink. my little brother has much more experience with beer (and drinking in general) and i am going to ask him to taste this one. is that enough letters now???

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Photo of belllarry
4.75/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As an early "boomer," I was a sucker for PBR-Bock (seasonal - can). Michelob, Amberbock is better quality at the right price... Excellent beer relative to my tastes. I like a darker tasting, heavier beer but not more than one traditional Guinness.

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Photo of barczar
3.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant amber with a frothy cream head that leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

Toasted malt, slightly fruity and bready, with light floral hop character. Seems a little metallic.

Flavor is toasted malt throughout, with notes of caramel accompanying light citrus and floral hop character. The finish is a tad dry. Nuttiness surfaces as it warms.

Body is a little watery, with moderate carbonation.

Not a whole lot there, but a decent malt backbone that has more character than most of their offerings.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this was the only beer I had at the big bud brewery in st Louis that wasn't vastly improved by being on tap fresh at the source. the pour was nice enough, clear copper in color, a little rusty, with over an inch of bubbles on top. the nose was sweet caramel malts, extract though, and a little thin. no hops at all on which to comment. the taste is the same, extract and thin in that sort of messed up home brewing kit manner, that I just cant get over. its a lot better than the ultra amber, but that isn't saying a whole lot. its got the same malt profile, which in this type of bock, needs to be a whole lot better. also the lager yeast here seems off, if it is in fact lagered. the finish is a contaminated sort of bitterness, and it sits funny in the belly, just not a great beer all up. got a sappy feel to it despite its upbeat carbonation, I may never drink this again, and I am more than okay with that.

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Photo of WaffenSS
4.18/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint glass of this beer on tap. Only tried it because the bar I was in had the usual swill on tap and this was the only interesting beer. Not a fan by any means of ANYTHING brewed by A-B, but l like bock and wanted to give it a try.

Color is a darker amber, the taste was actually pretty good. Not really a bock beer imo, but a good dark lager would be a more appropriate type. Has a sweet, malty taste with a clean, refreshing finish. This would even be a good summer beer as it has that clean, lighter taste for a "bock" beer. I would even buy a case of this...not bad at all.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Michelob : AmberBock

LOOK: Ontap poured into a 24oz mug. They asked if I wanted a the big one, I said of course. Amber colored brew with a short lived white foam topping.

SMELL: Malt and grains are present with a mild sweetness in the aroma.

TASTE: Freshly kilned toasted malts are the focus of this brew. A touch of roast, mild citrus note from processed hops, the beer finishes in a sweet fashion reflecting watery caramel. Mild is the theme here, and this is closer to a mild than a bock on flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth feel, a bit thin and watery, but well carbonated. There is really no finish to this beer, it's kind of like drinking a carbonated iced tea.

OVERALL: Nothing offensive here, this is just a mass produced, standard dark lager that quenches the thirst during hockey and pizza. Can't complain.

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Photo of bullwinkle88
3.79/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gotta say I really like this beer. Its appearance is very dark, with a thick frothy head. I poured it into a glass with a rounded bottom, per the instructions, and the head retained for the length of my drinking. Really nice malty taste. I could have a ton of these. I've always enjoyed Michelob Light as one of my favorite Macros, as its a good balance of taste and drinkability, but I've never really experimented with the offerings of the Michelob brand. Mich Lager is like a beefed up Budweiser, but not so amazing that it needs to be tried. The RYE-P.A. was a tasty but short lived experiment, and michelob ultra is no good at all. But the Amber Bock was something I've passed by for years without trying and I'm glad i gave it a shot. The hallertau hops are a great smelling variant and the caramel malts are loud and proud here. You may be surprised how tasty this is. Its a beer that I feel I could grow tired of if its all I ever had, but then again that can be said with just about anything. You really ought to give this a try as I feel this is something that could be discontinued with lousy sales and I really would miss it.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear dark amber with an off-white, finger width head. Sub-par retention. Little in the way of surface sheeting, mostly crowding around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing to speak of.

Smell - Sweet aroma. Light caramel. Slight grain. Not much.

Taste - Very light on flavor. What is there is sweet and malty, touching on moderate caramel and hints of grain. Starts and finishes much the same.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with decent carbonation. Crisp bite. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Hardly what most would consider to be a good bock. It may not even be considered average by many. In the very least, it's inoffensive. Needless to say, my childhood curiosity has been snuffed, though not sated. I imagine this is the first and last time I will ever drink this beer.

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Photo of Ilafan
2.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look. Michelob stinks. You know it. I know it. The American people know it. In fact, their Ultra could be the worst beer made in America today. However, this Dark Lager Amber Bock isn't half bad. My expectations were very low for this, but I was encouraged with the darker pour. No smell of any note is present. As for taste, it is clean and fresh. There is a slight splash of vanilla or caramel in the taste, and the after taste is refreshing. Will I ever spend the $5.99 for a six-pack on this again? Only if I am broke. But for the price, it's not bad. Still, if I want cheap beer, I'll take Pabst Blue Ribbon or Grain Belt Premium.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours into pint glass a clear amber to light brown color with a bubbly tan head that settles fast.

S: Some brown bread, raisins, huskiness, with some band aid aromas. Hops are not noticeable but roasted malt is represented decently.

T: Some caramel, and brown bread with slight fruity esters and no perceived hops. Light metallic taste not desireable though.
M: Light to medium body with extra crisp carbonation.

O: Meh! Tasty enough to not complain about it much but still having that mass produced feel to it.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark copper with a two-finger slightly off white head. Left no lacing.

S - Starts off with a little bit of cinnamon then it tappers off to a small amount of rice and corn.

T - Pretty minimal. Some very slight toasted malt and creamed corn. Virtually nothing else.

M - Thin watery body with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, It pretty much tasted like a dark adjunct lager. I could have it with friends or to wash food down but I doubt i'd have it in any other situation.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.72/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a very dark amber.brown color with a half inch head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice lacing.

Smell - Feint aromas of roasted malts, butter, and bread.

Taste - It has a nice sweetness to it which seems different from other beers.. Roasted malts, buttery caramel, nutty, very bready, and a slight fruity essence in the finish. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - Easy to drink on.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive deep amber in color, with limited suds and no real lace to speak of.

Nose is subtle, with hints of fruit and a lightly roasty tone. Not much here, though.

Flavor is malty and sweet, even watery, but smooth. I get a hint of roastiness in the malts, as well as some touches of dried fruit. This one's subtle, and most definitely lacking in complexity, but, nonetheless, a decent choice as opposed to the usual adjunct lager swill.

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Photo of Trent15
4.43/5  rDev +54.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had it both in a bottle, and on tap. It pores like other bock styles, nice dark/rich color and moderate size head. The aroma had a maltiness to it, with almost a chocolate hint. The finish is a heavier, filling taste while still keeping you wanting more. It's my favorite winter time, by the bon fire beer. It gives you all the fill you want without being completely bitter and so heavy that you feel like you need to take out a knife to cut through it.

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Photo of kshizzle101
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Very dark amber in color with a 2inch off-white head which does not linger.

S - smells faintly of hops, roasted malts, and some dried fruits - plums maybe?

T - tastes of malts and dried fruits which adds a good amount of sweetness. Some slight hoppiness at the beginning and follows up with malt backbone at the end

M - Light bodied, good carb. about right

O - Nothing spectacular but not poor tasting. A little bland

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Photo of KYGunner
2.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It seems as if Amber Bock has been weakened over time. This bottle poured a weak brownness and missed the blackness of old. The scent was of sweet malts but sort of metallic on the nose. The taste was weak, no burning overtones, or malt backbone to speak of. I remember this was a rather tasteful beer at one time, one I was embarrassed to say I liked, but I believe that Michelob has changed the recipe to keep costs down and Amber Bock has suffered because of it.

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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.